MCES Ongoing I/I Mitigation Program
MCES provides financial incentives for communities to reduce excessive I/I in the wastewater system from public and private sources. Since the program began in 2004, metro area communities have invested more than $165 million to repair local wastewater infrastructure.
Ongoing Inflow and Infiltration Program Procedure Manual (pdf)
Local Planning Handbook PlanIt tutorial video
2016 Inflow and Infiltration Task Force Report (pdf)
Inflow/Infiltration Grant Programs
The 2020 Municipal I/I Grant Program consists of $5M in bonding bill funding for the purpose of providing grants to municipalities for capital improvements to public infrastructure to mitigate I/I.
The Grant Administrator will begin to accept applications in late February or early March 2021. Applications will be submitted through the MCES Customer Portal.
The I/I Grant Program is available to communities in the Metro area that have been recognized by the Council as an excessive I/I contributor or have a measurable flow rate within 20% of the allowable flow limit.
Eligible work includes:
- Pipe lining and replacement
- Pipe joint sealing and chimney seals
- Manholes – lining, replacement
- Manhole sealing joints, castings, covers
- Flood mitigation
- Cross connection elimination
- Studies, investigations, or investigations
- Engineering costs
- Any improvements to privately owned infrastructure or private service lines
Qualified spending must occur between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022.
A virtual information session on the 2020 grant program was held on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 11AM. Meeting materials from that information session are available below.
For a description on I/I, please visit the Council's Inflow and Infiltration page.
Please contact Marcus Bush (Marcus.Bush@metc.state.mn.us) or Melissa Roberts (Melissa.Roberts@metc.state.mn.us) with any questions or concerns.